Pieter Groenewald has pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to acknowledge farm murders in South Africa. The FF+ leader has even offered to invite the politician to a farm murder victim's funeral.
Pieter Groenewald's State of the Nation Debate focused on farm murders, with the FF+ leader calling President Cyril Ramaphosa to action.
Groenewald wanted to know why it was 'so difficult to publicly condemn farm murders', pointing out that the nation is host to farmers from all ethnic groups:
“It’s not only a crime against the individual, it’s a crime against the community. It is the women and children who pay the price of farm murders. Where they are tortured, where they throw boiling water down their throats. Where they are [taking] hot irons burning the women. When they force a twelve-year-old girl to see how her mother is raped. It’s torture. But still you refuse to publicly condemn farm murders.”
The Citizen reports that Groenewald ended this section of his speech by offering to invite Ramaphosa to a victim's funeral, and in return Ramaphosa can invite him to any funeral he wishes.
In 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about the matter in a Bloomberg interview, saying that SA farmers were not being killed.
Africa Check debunked the statement, which was widely criticised, saying that, while they were unable to prove a higher mortality rate than other citizens, farmers were surely being murdered.
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